[ih-mee-dee-uh-tiz-uh m]

noun U.S. History.

a policy for the immediate abolition of slavery.

Origin of immediatism

First recorded in 1815–25; immediate + -ism
Related formsim·me·di·a·tist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for immediatism

Historical Examples of immediatism

  • These English abolitionists were coming to "immediatism" from 1824, and their influence told in America.

    The Negro and the Nation

    George S. Merriam

  • Their doctrine of immediatism—if we may invent a new term—is always one and the same, and always has been.

    Abolition a Sedition

    Geo. W. Donohue

  • Garrison, consequently rejected gradualism as a weapon, and took up instead the great and quickening doctrine of immediatism.

    William Lloyd Garrison

    Archibald H. Grimke